For Immediate Release
May 23, 2012
(Philadelphia, PA) Travel + Leisure magazine has named Jane’s Carousel Pavilion the “Best Public Space” in its 2012 Travel + Leisure Design Awards. Artist and Moore alumna Jane Walentas ’66 spent more than two decades working on the complete restoration of a classic 1920s-era carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The carousel is housed inside a pavilion designed by Franch architect Jean Novel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.
According to Travel + Leisure, “In a completely unexpected pairing, a richly detailed carousel (1922) and a see-through minimalist shed (2011) jointly occupy a dramatic waterfront site in the shadow of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The carousel is open to the public, and after sunset, the pavilion’s acrylic walls are illuminated, creating a light show visible across the river and from the bridges above.”
Jane’s Carousel was dedicated in September 2011 in a ceremony attended by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others. It is the first carousel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walentas and her husband developer David are credited with revitalizing the art-rich DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Walentas '66, a former Estee Lauder advertising executive, holds a BFA in Advertising Design from Moore College of Art & Design. She was honored by Moore as a distinguished alumna in 2009. Walentas was also a 2011 Visionary Woman Award honoree. Jane’s Carousel: The Making of a New York Landmark, on view in the Galleries at Moore September 24 – December 10, 2011, followed the dedicated efforts of Walentas to bring the project to fruition.
- Get more information on Jane’s Carousel
- Read the Travel + Leisure posting here
- View a cover story in Harper's Bazaar on actress Mila Kunis shot at Jane's Carousel
- Watch Jane Walentas talk about her carousel in a live segment on the Martha Stewart Show
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.